Friday, August 06, 2010

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 6 August - 12 August

Maybe this weekend I'll see Inception, although trying to carve out time to watch The Sox/Yankees series (as if the Sox aren't DOOOOOOOOMED), the short-run stuff, and hitting the Barenaked Ladies concert with my brothers may throw a wrench into that.

  • I haven't had a chance to get pictures and reviews up from last Wednesday in Montreal, but I will say that seeing The Complete Metropolis at Place des Arts was an incredible treat. The Brattle has it back for the weekend, and I'll probably be trying to fit a second showing in somewhere. Won't be quite the same awesome 3,000-person/13-piece orchestra environment, but the movie itself is an all time classic that hasn't been better in 80 years. The IMDB, Google movies, etc., all see to think they're showing the adaptation of Osamu Tezuka's anime, which they're not, although it would be an absolutely fantastic double feature.

    The Brattle's got plenty of other good stuff this week - in anticipation of Scott Pilgrim, I assume, they're doing late shows of director Edgar Wright's last two movies tonight through Sunday (Shaun of the Dead at 10pm tonight, Hot Fuzz at 10pm Sunday, and a 9pm/11pm (respectively) double feature on Saturday. The film noir double feature Monday afternoon and all day Tuesday is Street of Chance (not on video!) and The Chase (not Charlie Sheen!). The "Best of the Aughts" double features are The Lives of Others and Cache on Wednesday, with 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days and The World on Thursday

  • The one-week warning at Kendall Square is for Best Worst Movie, which I saw at SXSW last year and rather liked. The star of the movie, George Hardy (who also played in Troll 2, whose fandom it chronicles) will be doing Q&As at the 4:40, 7:00, and 9:20 shows tonight (Friday), and I'm sure that if you ask him nicely, he will tell you that you don't piss on hospitality, because that's the sort of friendly guy he is.

    Also opening at the Kendall are a French cold-war thriller about a Russian spy, Farewell, and a French comedy about a Russian conductor, The Concert. Plus IFFBoston selection Life During Wartime and a comedy with Robert Duvall, Bill Murray, and Sissy Spacek by the name of Get Low. That cast is giving it the chance to open a little wider, as it will also play the Coolidge and AMC Boston Common (likely for a week, before moving a block to Stuart Street, because that's what Stuart Street is for).

  • Also opening at the Coolidge is Kisses, a film about Irish kids running away from home; it plays the alrger video room. The midnight show tonight and tomorrow is Die Hard. For one of the great, influential action movies of all time - arguably right up there with Raiders of the Lost Ark - Die Hard doesn't hit theaters very often, so let's sell those shows out, OK?

  • Mainstream openings are again in the "take or leave" category: The Other Guys looks fairly funny, and Step Up 3-D looks like it would be a blast to watch if they cut all the talking bits out and just focused on what look like awesomely shot 3-D dance sequences.

  • The Harvard Film Archive has More Nicholas Ray, including famous works like In a Lonely Place and Rebel Without a Cause, and a free screening of Wim Wenders's documentary on Ray, Lightning Over Water.

  • Finally, the MFA offers up some impressive-looking Restored Prints, including Luchino Visconti's Senso, Albert Lewin's Pandora and the Flying Dutchman, and Fred Zinnemann's From Here to Eternity. A double feature of the first two may be my Sunday; they should look absolutely gorgeous.

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